1. When MC Hammer Talks, Silicon Valley Startups Listen

    April 22, 2011 1:55 PM EDT Is it possible for the music industry to learn something from an artist who hasn't had a hit song since the mid-'90s? In the case of MC Hammer , it just might. To many in the music industry, Hammer is a has-been rapper who squandered a fortune and eventually faded into musical…

  2. Jane's Addiction Reveals 'Lies' Recording Session in New Video

    April 13, 2011 4:25 PM EDT After new single "End to the Lies" was debuted last month, Jane's Addiction has given their fans a glimpse inside the making of the lead single from the alt-rock veterans' fourth album, "The Great Escape Artist." A black-and-white video posted on the band's…

  3. Weekly Chart Notes: Katy Perry, Jennifer Lopez, Tommy Shaw

    March 31, 2011 5:35 PM EDT ALL FOUR ONE: Thanks to a space-age love song, Katy Perry blasts into rarified chart air, as her "Teenage Dream" album becomes only the ninth set to generate four No. 1s in the Billboard Hot 100 's 52-year history. The collection's fourth single, "E.T.,"…

  4. Lil Wayne Brings Epic I Am Still Music Tour to Philadelphia

    March 27, 2011 2:00 PM EDT For the many hip-hop fans who understandably believe that Lil Wayne is the best rapper alive, his desire to be a rock star -- not a music star, not a rap star, but a rock star -- can be confounding. After releasing his breakthrough LP "Tha Carter III" in 2008, the Young Money giant…

  5. R&B/Hip-Hop Chart Juice: The Grammy Effect

    March 03, 2011 4:12 PM EST The effects of the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards are being felt on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart this week as winners and performers experience decent gains. Firstly, Eminem' s Best Rap Album -- winning "Recovery" reclaims the No. 1 spot with 61,000 copies (up 60%, according to…

  6. Will.i.am Performs with Bobby Brown at Benefit Concert

    February 11, 2011 8:30 AM EST B lack Eyed Peas leader will.i.am lived out a childhood dream Thursday night: He performed with Bobby Brown . At the seventh annual Peapod Benefit Concert, will.i.am says he remembers being in seventh grade and wanting to be a background dancer for Brown. He and fellow Peas member Taboo…

  7. Talib Kweli Rejects 'Selling Out' on 'Gutter Rainbows' Album

    January 25, 2011 1:47 PM EST T alib Kweli admits that he doesn't drink a lot of soda, and that he knows "very, very little" about professional football. But when the Brooklyn rapper was approached to star in a TV spot for Pepsi Max's NFL playoffs campaign, Kweli saw an opportunity to bolster awareness…

  8. Beyonce to Grace 'A Star Is Born' Remake, Clint Eastwood to Direct

    January 21, 2011 11:13 AM EST B eyonce is in talks to star in a of "A Star Is Born," while Clint Eastwood is in early negotiations to direct the film for Warner Bros. Warners has long been trying remake the movie, with Eastwood's due to be the fourth incarnation. This latest one has had director Joel…

  9. R&B/Hip-Hop Chart Juice: Eminem, Michael Jackson, Skillz

    January 06, 2011 5:54 PM EST Fresh off his coronation as Billboard's top R&B/hip-hop artist of 2010, Eminem returns to the top of R&B/Hip-Hop Albums as "Recovery" - the past year's top title on the tally - rebounds 3-1 on the chart. The jump grants "Recovery" its 14th week at No. 1,…

  10. Billboard Bits: Are Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez Dating?

    December 20, 2010 5:26 PM EST Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Are Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez Dating? After sharing a laugh over pancakes at IHOP just a week ago, Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez were spotted hanging out over the weekend in Miami, where Bieber was performing…

  11. George Clinton Sues Black Eyed Peas Over Song Sample

    December 13, 2010 10:59 PM EST G eorge Clinton has filed a copyright lawsuit against members of the Black Eyed Peas , UMG Recordings and Cherry Hill Music for allegedly sampling his song "(Not Just) Knee Deep" on a Grammy-award nominated album. According to the complaint, filed on Friday in U.S. District Court in…

  12. Trey Songz Shocked At Prince's Visit To 'The View'

    December 10, 2010 10:22 AM EST Trey Songz was the guest performer on "The View" yesterday (Dec. 9) and he, along with the ladies and audience members of the show, were in complete shock when none other than Prince made a surprise visit. Video: Prince makes surprise appearance on "The View" "I'…

  13. Sick Puppies Ride Touring, Free Hugs to Success

    December 02, 2010 11:30 AM EST A combination of hard work and free hugs is helping Australian rockers Sick Puppies sniff out growing success in the United States. The band has toured the United States relentlessly since relocating from Sydney to Los Angeles, playing more than 600 shows since its March 2007 domestic debut. …

  14. Lady Gaga Promises 'Greatest Album of This Decade' in 'Born This Way'

    November 29, 2010 4:00 PM EST L ady Gaga declared that "Born This Way" -- the follow-up to her breakthrough debut "The Fame" -- will be the "greatest album of this decade" on Friday (Nov. 26), during the Gdsank, Poland, stop of her Monster Ball tour. "Not for nothing, the album's…

  15. Soulja Boy's "DeAndre Way" Track By Track

    November 24, 2010 9:43 AM EST Soulja Boy is ready to become a man. With third album "The DeAndre Way," the rapper (real name: DeAndre Way) shows how far he's come since he was the 16-year-old kid from Atlanta who released the out-of-nowhere dance hit "Crank That (Soulja Boy)" and mastered social…

  16. John Lennon's 'I'm Only Sleeping' Lyrics Headed to Auction

    November 23, 2010 10:30 AM EST J ohn Lennon 's handwritten lyrics to the Beatles song "I'm Only Sleeping" will go on sale next month, Bonhams auctioneers said on Tuesday. The lyrics, appearing on the back of a letter chasing payment for a radiophone bill, are expected to fetch 250-350,000 pounds ($400…

  17. Billboard Bits: Gaga Calls New Album 'Almost Perfect,' Eminem Compares His Addiction to MJ's

    November 18, 2010 6:45 PM EST Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Lady Gaga Says New Album is 'Almost Perfect' Lady Gaga Tweeted early yesterday (Nov. 17) that "Born This Way," her album slated for a release during 2011's first half, is "almost…

  18. Jay-Z Says Oprah, Belafonte Are Inspirations During 'Decoded' Reading

    November 16, 2010 10:25 AM EST Jay-Z held a book reading/signing at the New York Public Library last night (Nov. 15), moderated by Dr. Cornel West and the Director of the "Live" program at the NYPL, Paul Holdengraber. Dubbed "Jay-Z In Conversation With Dr. Cornel West and Paul Holdengraber," the…

  19. DMX Disses Jay-Z During Arizona Show

    November 15, 2010 2:43 PM EST MC Hammer isn't the only rapper taking shots at Jay-Z these days. Video: DMX disses Jay-Z DMX took aim at Jay during a recent show in Arizona. "New York to AZ, n*ggas must be crazy/I'm the dog, f*ck Jay-Z," he freestyled as the riled up crowd roared in response. I wonder…

  20. N.E.R.D., "Nothing"

    November 15, 2010 11:58 AM EST While Pharrell Williams ' legacy as one-half of production duo the Neptunes has long been secure, his ventures as the frontman for hip-hop/funk trio N*E*R*D have yielded a challenging, inconsistent output. "Nothing," Williams' fourth album alongside the group's Chad…

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